The Word of the Year Is Because Because

The American Dialect Society has voted "because" the Word of the Year for 2013, because "because is now being used in new ways to introduce a noun, adjective, or other part of speech." No matter how annoying you think it is, because is definitely very hot right now. » 1/06/14 9:40am 1/06/14 9:40am

Man and His Dog Find Ambergris, Which We Must All Remember Is Not the…

Ambergris, that versatile sperm whale excretion that Herman Melville wrote so prodigiously about when the ocean was just a Dave & Buster's for murdering sperm whales, can be a pretty valuable beachcombing find, way more valuable than a mostly intact conch shell, horseshoe crab, or buffalo nickel. Just ask unemployed… » 2/02/13 1:30pm 2/02/13 1:30pm

Can We Reclaim and Redefine 'Pussy'? Sure, Why Not.

Ever since the sentencing of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, the word "pussy" has been bandied about by everyone and their grandmothers, but does its sudden ubiquitousness mean that women are ready to reclaim the word as our own? The term "pussy" is problematic. It's porny, men use it to insult one another and it is … » 8/29/12 3:20pm 8/29/12 3:20pm

Uuuuuugh, Stop Adding Garbage Words to the Dictionary

You know what? I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I don't think dictionaries should keep inducting new words.* I think we have enough already. ABOLISH IT. Like, I know we all had a hearty wocka-wocka when Merriam-Webster added "aha moment" and "man cave" earlier this month, but do we really need that stupid… » 8/24/12 3:50pm 8/24/12 3:50pm

Say Goodbye To 'Baby Bump' And 'Man Cave'

Another year is drawing to a close, and that means it's time for Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. After tens of thousands of nominations were submitted, LSSU narrowed it down to the twelve words and phrases which most… » 12/30/11 3:00pm 12/30/11 3:00pm

Sexting, Jeggings, And The Other Fake Words That Are Now Real

Now look what we've gone and done. This is why we can't have nice things: The Oxford Dictionary has just inducted a slew of new words into their holy pages, and out of the 400 hundred new additions, a handful of them were in sound smack-my-head territory. » 8/18/11 3:20pm 8/18/11 3:20pm

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New Google Graphs Reveal Centuries Of Dicks, Pimps And Hos

An extremely addictive new Internet toy allows you to track the frequency of specific words in books going back all the way to 1500. We decided to check out how words like "depression," "ho," and "vagina" fared through the ages. » 12/17/10 4:52pm 12/17/10 4:52pm